This season has felt like quite a breakout moment for many players in the Premier League. With plenty of players beginning to get the kind attention they always were capable of, it’s been an interesting year for some players about to make that major breakthrough. Looking ahead to next season, though, who are some of the players we expect to really become mainstays at the top end of the league next year?
Wilfried Zaha. Having shown the rest of the world why he’s so highly rated at Crystal Palace, the Ivorian winger has detonated this season. Next season, we expect him to take the next leap again and become a genuine Premier League star. With all of the talent that you could ask for in his boots, there’s nothing to say that the enigmatic Zaha couldn’t take another leap again. Next year, though, we expect to see him double figures for both goals and assists – whether he sticks around at Palace or tries his hand at a club with more ambition and opportunity.
Idrissa Gueye. Having been written off as a joke last year for Aston Villa, this season has seen Gana showcase a new level of consistency. He’s shown why Villa signed him, and why it was hard for him to shine in that mess last season. With relentless energy and a fantastic eye for a tackle, there’s nothing to say that Gueye isn’t ready to take that all-important next step and really showcase why he’s seen by many as a long-term solution in the middle of the park for Everton.
Dejan Lovren. Having been around for a few seasons and with a new £100k p/w deal in the post, Lovren is hardly a new name. However, this year – and the tail-end of last – are the first times he’s looked regularly assured and ready for top-level football at a major club. Next year, at 27, we’re expecting to see the best of the Croatian. With the faith of the manager and the ability to do so much better week in, week out, it’s going to be interesting to see how Lovren fares
Oriol Romeu. Cast aside at Barcelona and then Chelsea, the big powerhouse in the middle of the park is beginning to show why he was so highly rated a few years ago. A vicious midfielder who is very much un-Spanish in playstyle, he’s the kind of destroyer that many clubs are lacking and could definitely showcase an even higher level next year. After a massively impressive season, people are remembering the name again: we expect that, by the end of next season, he’ll be on the move up the ladder once again.